Germanic language histories ‘from below’ (1700–2000)

Stephan Elspaß (Herausgeber/in), Nils Langer (Herausgeber/in), Joachim Scharloth (Herausgeber/in), Wim Vandenbussche (Herausgeber/in)

Publikation: Buch/BerichtSammelbandForschung


Focusing on the sociolinguistic history of Germanic languages, the current volume challenges the traditional teleological approach of language historiography. The 30 contributions present alternative histories of ten ‘big’ as well as ‘small’ Germanic languages and varieties in the last 300 years. Topics covered in this book include language variation and change and the politics of language contact and choice, seen against the background of standardization processes of written and oral text genres and from the viewpoint of larger sections of the population.
ErscheinungsortBerlin, New York
VerlagDe Gruyter
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2007
VeranstaltungLanguage History from Below – Lingustic Variation in the German Languages from 1700 to 2000 - University of Bristol, Bristol, Großbritannien/Vereinigtes Königreich
Dauer: 6 Sep 20059 Sep 2005


NameStudia Linguistica Germanica 86

Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige 2012

  • 602 Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften


  • Historische Soziolinguistik
  • Language history from below
  • Germanische Sprachen


Elspaß, S., Langer, N., Scharloth, J., & Vandenbussche, W. (2007). Germanic language histories ‘from below’ (1700–2000). (Studia Linguistica Germanica 86; Band 86). Berlin, New York: De Gruyter.